Who Uses This Software?

We have a solution for every kind of nonprofit. * Large, Medium, Small * Human Services, Arts & Culture, Health Organizations, Education, Environment & Animal Services.


Average Ratings

101 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $1.00/month
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Sumac
  • www.sumac.com
  • Founded 2004
  • Canada

About Sumac

Perfect for mid-size and large organizations that want everything in a single solution! Sumac is the only fundraising software that includes customizable online donation forms, built-in email marketing, and over a dozens add-on options to choose from. It also integrates Quickbooks and Fundful peer-to-peer fundraising!


Sumac Features

  • Alumni Management
  • Auction Management
  • Campaign Management
  • Contribution Tracking
  • CRM
  • Donor Management
  • Event Management
  • Grant Management
  • Membership Management
  • Mobile Giving
  • Payment Processing
  • Planned Giving Management
  • Pledge Management
  • Prospect Management
  • Recurring Giving
  • Volunteer Management

Sumac Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Sumac is an affordable, customizable system for case management and reporting.

Aug 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Sumac provides a customizable platform for managing our programs and services, tracking communications and case management. We are planning to expand our use and utilize more modules and expand our use of existing ones. The software is growing with us as we move a team into an online Case Management model after 30 years of pen and paper. We have set it up so we master uses one at a time and have eased the transition of staff. This has been a blessing as I have worked with other organizations that have lost staff as an out of the can software full of bugs was implemented with little room for transition.

While for some the customization may be a challenge the benefit is huge. If you do not have someone to work with to complete the customizations there is an affordable option available working with the Sumac team.

Cons: The email component does not allow for, (or I have not figured out how to), multiple emails, so we only use it for mass emails as the responses can only go to one address.

We looked long and hard to find appropriate software.

Jun 26, 2015
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: We are a non-profit ministry and needed software that tracks donors/donations, accommodates product sales, tracks memberships and renewal dates, and handles event tracking. It is VERY CHALLENGING to find non-profit software for a mid sized organization that handles all of these functions. Sumac does all of this in addition to being a very affordable solution. Also, we needed rather extensive custom programming to handle some of our more specialized batch processing functions. Sumac did the custom programming for us. I think one of the most compelling reasons to use Sumac is their customer service and support. I have done business with a large number of software companies during my career and few if any have been as responsive to customer needs as Sumac.

Pros: If support is paramount, Sumac is a great choice. Sumac covers a broad scope of functions, including donations, memberships, sales and events. The software is very easy to use. Built in import functions are very user friendly and very complete. Transferring data into Sumac from another system is not difficult and the error checking before import is very good. Contact history is strong and allows drill downs into all the underlying documents. Contact records allow the addition of extra user-defined tabs and fields which is a great asset.

Cons: Inventory tracking functionality could be more robust. Mail merges currently allow links between contacts and one other view, such as donations, memberships, etc. It would be helpful if more than one additional view would be supported. Reports could be improved, but this problem is easily resolved with a good report writer that links with an ODBC driver.

Sumac - robust and affordable CRM

Sep 22, 2015
4/5
Overall
2.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: We started using Sumac for organizing our data a couple of years ago. Before that we were swimming in excel sheets and having multiple users access the same information was problematic. We use Sumac for ticketing, memberships and donations. I like that we have one system that organizes these three aspects, as there is (as one would hope) quite a bit of overlap between those three actions. It is also useful for organizing mailing lists (either hard copy or email) and analyzing data. But most importantly for us, it's an affordable option. There are CRMs out there that are more robust but for a small non-profit we wouldn't be able to afford them. Sumac is a really cost-effective option to suit our needs.

Cons: Sumac has a lot of software updates. These updates don't fundamentally change the look or experience of using it, but the updates often require us restarting our server. The other aspect is, though they are working on this, is that the web integration is not as customizable as one might like. It's difficult to change the look or flow of it to go with our branding. Finally - there are just a lot of pop-ups for any application while using it (do you want to record this, do you want to save this, etc.) which seem unnecessary.

Recommendations to other buyers: It's a really good starter CRM for those who are looking for a robust, affordable option. For small to medium non-profits, it's quite likely it could fit all your needs. Our organization also likes that we are supporting a local company.

Customized Database

Nov 22, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: With hundreds of attendance records from various partners being submitted each year, Sumac allows us to store, sort, and report on all of this information with ease. Allowing this level of customization ensures that tracking of participation across the collaborative meets our exact needs, and lets us retrieve important data easily and accessibly.

Pros: Customization: our non-profit is a collective of 8 partner organizations that each offer their own programming, but unite under one common collaborative. In this, we require our database to operate as 8 separate databases, with the ability for data to be tracked across all partners and programming. Sumac was able to construct a database for us that met this need, with fields customized to manage youth participants in exactly the way we need it. As our collaborative grows, Sumac has enabled our database to evolve with it, always finding creative solutions to meet our changing needs.

Cons: With such a complicated structure for our database, unfortunately it can be tricky to upload our data in the correct format. Files have to be meticulously formatted within a certain file type, and the set of steps from data gathering to completion is sometimes frustrating and unforgiving of minor errors. Again, this need for rigorous process is because of our operating such a complicated and layered database.

SUMAC - great CRM

Nov 22, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: After struggling for several years with an expensive database that was not intuitive and did not meet our needs, our organization looked into several others to replace it including Sumac which was recommended to us by another not-for-profit. We scheduled a demo with a Sumac Guru for our entire team and we were all captivated by the ease of use and functionality it offered ¿ almost everything on our ¿wish list¿ (and much more). We then decided to purchase Sumac and have not regretted our decision. While there were a few hiccups with our data migration, overall we have been very impressed. It is very user-friendly, fast, and has features that we are still discovering a year after we started using it. The Sumac team is amazing and has been very responsive, accommodating and helpful when we have needed assistance in using the tool and putting through change requests when we have suggestions and identified areas for improvement.

Pros: User friendly Excellent customer support New releases on regular basis

Cons: Online functionality for some add-ons is very basic (e.g. ticketing) or not available yet (e.g. sales) The User Guide is good at describing each of the many fields in the database but limited in explaining how these are used together (processes)

Recommendations to other buyers: start with basic CRM, add the add-ons at a later date

Indispensable tool at our office. There's no facet of our operation that doesn't rely on Sumac.

May 09, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It integrates everything. With Sumac we can generate output to determine trends or targets, even deficiencies, by combining seemingly unrelated data. There's no data-based relationship we cannot explore and mine for fresh insights.

I like that it is held off-site so that we do not have to worry about additional data security. Of course, this also makes our Sumac data available anywhere, anytime.

Cons: Some of the modules have a steeper learning curve, but I don't see how that's avoidable. The biggest deficiency for me is that I would love an ap (application). Personally, I work with an iPad and right now I cannot access Sumac with that platform.

Overall: Flexibility.

Can easily grow.

Different levels of security and accessibility.

Great support.

Always adding new modules.

Really, really helpful and easy-to-use software

Mar 15, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Sumac has everything we need -- keeps our database, sends out our communications, keeps track of all our donations and receipts/acknowledgements. It is set up in a straightforward way and, when I first researched CRMs, it was the only one where I could understand the setup from the start (I think the others were not set up logically). Also, the support team at Sumac is wonderful; attentive, understanding, they are really willing to help me solve all my problems, whether it is a quick question or a larger issue that needs much more overhaul. In fact, they resolved the biggest problem I had with the software: I frequently must bulk import changes to my data, and there were parts I had to do manually because the contact types weren't available to use in the import workspace. But they have recently changed the import workspace to be more flexible, at least partly in response to my comments, so now my bulk imports go much more quickly. In addition, the program has many optional add-ons that can help with courses, volunteer hours, registrations, silent auctions and so many other bits of software that anyone might need. Also, it is very reasonable priced.

Cons: The only things that I find difficult are remembering all the little details of complicated searches, downloads, and the steps of emailing. But I am not very technologically savvy, and others will not be as easily frustrated as I am.

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Sumac is a compact and powerful tool. Our challenge is developing internal skills to use it fully

May 14, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of interface after basic orientation. Exportable data. Capacity to track giving, enrollment, volunteer roles, auction, etc. It integrates all of the different dimensions we need to manage for our student, supporter and partners.

Cons: To fully use Sumac requires a growing understanding of the tools and strategies you can use to extract information and access the data you need. Building this capacity inside an organization takes a focused and sustained effort. In other words - at times we wish Sumac was more intuitive but we realize its diversity of features is probably more important than its ease of use.

Overall: Consolidation of our enrollment and donation systems. Capacity to communicate with students and donors online.

Sumac Nonprofit software is fabulous and very USER-FOCUSED!

May 08, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: They provide great customer service; regardless of whether you are a small or large nonprofit. Their software is very well organized and user-friendly. Their documentation and training are excellent and again, very user-focused.

Cons: Mail merging to Microsoft Word is not flawless. Sometimes we get errors, and many times spaces that follow mail merged values are deleted, which has caused problems in our donor letters. Sumac can't find a solution, so I plan to mail merge only to tab delimited text files in the future, and use the Microsoft Word built in mail merging, which works better anyway.

Overall: Money saved, and a whole lot of hassle and time saved!

Sumac is very user-friendly. I like how we can use it for donors, volunteers and clients.

Jan 12, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: You are able to add categories and information you need for your organization. You are able to personalize the database. In addition, the reporting helps you to save time managing and sharing information with your nonprofit board and constituents.

Cons: The only con is you have to take the time to learn how to use it. Sumac has the ability to have so much information that you need to know how to utilize that information for you. Luckily, the Sumac tech team is always available to help you and they have great tutorial videos for all aspects.

Overall: The best benefit is being able to maintain all information in one database. Many donor management systems do not allow for volunteers and clients. Also, I believe this software is flexible with many features, yet you can still use it with other software systems like Constant Contact, etc.

Sumac Membership System

Sep 08, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This software was purchased to keep track of over 5,000 members of our organization spread through out the Province. Membership data was organized into 50 groups. It was easy to organize the data into separate groups that enabled each group to maintain security and control. Converting the membership data from the existing spread sheets was also very easy.

Cons: There were really no downside to this software, it worked as expected and was easily accepted by

Overall: Our non-profit organization had some strict criteria. Budget (minimum available), Easy of implementation, Ease of uploading data from existing spread sheets, ability to extract and report data and ease of implementation. Additionally technical support was a must. All of these criteria were met.

Sumac has been extremely helpful to our organization to track our client and donor database.

May 10, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I especially like the facility for reporting. I like how it interfaces with other programs such as Excel and Simply Accounting. I also love how it does automatic credit card transactions.

Cons: I can honestly say that It has been rare that I have had issues with this program. It has always been because of my lack of knowledge of it's capabilities. A phone call will usually clear up any issues I have.

The only problem we have encountered is to link our website donations to the program. We are still not sure where this glitch lies.

Fairly easy to navigate even for someone with fairly basic computer literacy.

May 09, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Once familiar with the program, it is quite user friendly. The ability to customize forms for different programs has been wonderful.

Cons: I would like the relationship links easier to use. Many of our staff do not create families as it is a further page a bit more cumbersome than other programs that we use, such as Link2Feed.

Overall: We now use only 2 programs for all client information retention rather than the 4 we had previously. The other program we use is mandated otherwise, I can see where we could have set up another program within Sumac to have everything in one.

Overall Positive Experience. Easy to use and navigate. Good Customer Service.

May 11, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the Membership and Donation platforms. Compared to our previous system it is very easy to update records, put in payments, and track donations with certain campaigns. Its also easy to run numbers for my director and give detailed stats.

Cons: There is not much to dislike but probably the search functions on the Contacts page. It would be great to have a search bar to search last name, organization name, province, etc...

Overall: An easy way to manage our membership and donations programs.

Capterra-loader

The IT guys have been great and very helpful.

May 08, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It is accurate. Based on the cloud and reasonable for all you get. I can customize the columns, data that I need which is quite different from other non-profits. I can have different "offices" which really helps with the multiple projects that I am responsible for.

Cons: I still need help in using the Campaign feature. It might be me, but I haven't quite got that figured out.

Overall: Accuracy. Mail merge. Email mail merge. Donations management. Excellent. They understand the work of a non-profit.

Intuitive isn't usually a word used with databases. It is with Sumac.

Mar 07, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We are a small, non-profit, educational foundation based in Northern California. Prior to having Sumac, we maintained all our donor records in Quick Books and on Excel spreadsheets. Needless to say, that method made generating reports and extrapolating useful data a tedious task. Since installing Sumac, we operate so much more efficiently now. Multiple users at a time can access data in real time for quick answers to questions that would have normally taken hours, sometimes days, to get. Intuitive isn't usually a word used with databases. It is with Sumac. For the most part, almost anything you need to do on Sumac can be figured out due to it's user-friendly interface and design. And if you can't figure it out, there are hundreds of video tutorials that show you step-by-step how to get the task done. When a video tutorial just isn't enough, we call Sumac's technical support. They are OUTSTANDING. They are knowledgeable, friendly, patient and professional. It's so reassuring to know that if you need help, there is a live person available to walk you through what you need. SUMAC LISTENS TO YOU. Recently we discovered that we had many duplicate records in our database. Batching them together two-by-two to resolve the duplicates was taking a lot of our valuable time. We contacted Sumac to ask if there was a way that this process could be streamlined. Sumac worked on a fix and has now just updated their entire system to be able to accommodate resolving four records at once. Because of a suggestion we made, they rolled out an improvement that will now benefit all Sumac users. This type of boutique service is why we love Sumac and why we are grateful to have them on our team.

SUMAC - CRM review

Nov 22, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: After struggling for several years with an expensive database that was not intuitive and did not meet our needs, our organization looked into several others to replace it including Sumac which was recommended to us by another not-for-profit. We scheduled a demo with a Sumac Guru for our entire team and we were all captivated by the ease of use and functionality it offered ¿ almost everything on our ¿wish list¿ (and much more). We then decided to purchase Sumac and have not regretted our decision. While there were a few hiccups with our data migration, overall we have been very impressed. It is very user-friendly, fast, and has features that we are still discovering a year after we started using it. The Sumac team is amazing and has been very responsive, accommodating and helpful when we have needed assistance in using the tool and putting through change requests when we have suggestions and identified areas for improvement.

Sumac was a life saver when our privately designed database stopped working.

May 11, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: That we were able to combine both our client management system and donor system into one where before it was two different softwares. Also the reporting in sumac is so much more advanced

Cons: That you can not upload actual scanned documents only a link to where the document is stored. This is disappointing as we now must continue to store hard copy files when we were hoping to eliminate them.

Sumac is a great option for not-for-profit organizations that are looking for database management.

May 23, 2018
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: A great way to manage show attendees, we like that we can track who has donated and who has seen performances and what dates; contact types are very useful, as is the search builder function.

Cons: Very difficult and time consuming to upload batch information, especially if we do it infrequently enough that we need to relearn each time. Not intuitive in that way, annoying that you have to go through and have events set up first before you can attach an email or campaign to them - not very flexible in that way and requires you to always remember how the system works and the multiple steps involved with each new data capture.

Overall: management of 5000 items in a database; tracking attendance, sending newsletters, and tracking donations and issuing tax receipts, sending mailouts

We had a challenging start, but over the past 6 months have had much better results with support.

May 17, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It is customizable to our needs (mostly). Some of the features we would find beneficial are not available.

Cons: We have encountered a number of bugs over the past few months in working with our trainer. She has been awesome in documenting and reporting them but the training time it ends up taking up in trying to find work arounds or confirm that it is in fact a bug is frustrating.

We use Sumac because it consolidates member and donor data in one place at a reasonable rate.

May 08, 2018
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I think the history tab, where I can see an entire person's donation, membership and communication history in one place.

Cons: I don't like that it's not terribly flexible and that the web integrations aren't mobile compatible. I also don't like that online membership purchases require a log in before purchasing, which is a barrier to getting more people.

Even the easiest of functions are unnecessarily complicated.

May 15, 2017
2/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Comments: Deeply frustrated with Sumac.

Cons: Sumac is anti-intuitive.Functions do not follow a logical sequence. There never seems to be a video for what I need to do. Support has never recommended a video. The remote support doesn't work. One has to manage the telephone and manage the computer at the same time, while trying to follow instructions. There must be a better way. People learn in different modes, Sumac provides only one. Watching someone complete the sequence is not the same as performing it for a kinesthetic learner.

Sumac is a great value if you are a small nonprofit, even for an arts organization.

May 15, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It is very basic and easy to use. The support is great. It is also on the cloud. Reporting is great for most functions.

Cons: We were never able to integrate our ticketing and donations so have to import everything from other systems. We were not able to batch import so it is very time-consuming. Same is true of our marketing email.

I have found it easy to use for the program I work with.

May 08, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like that I can choose what to see based on my needs. it is easy to change my preferences within a few seconds.

Cons: There is not any concern at this time. Recently there was a switch with two categories and a few sections did not transfer over and I had to re-enter family sizes.

Overall: Access to information and statistics quickly

Thrilled with the highly customizable functionality of SUMAC & wonderful customer service support.

May 08, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ability to customize the software for every need we have, from volunteer records, student progress tracking, donor management, and everything in between!

Cons: There is a slight learning curve for anyone not already familiar with manipulating reports from raw data, but the training, customer service, and tutorial videos are extremely helpful in building those skills for full software functionality.

Overall: Universal usefulness for nonprofit work, customized fields and data tracking, unified database across multiple departments within the whole organization, relatively simple-to-use interface, fantastic and responsive customer service and training, and so much more!

Sumac is quite easy to use and has great support staff

May 08, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The website integration is great and easy to use. It has saved us a lot of time and money. It is great that users are able to sign in with their login

Cons: I wish you were able to build your own reports. It can be difficult to pull the information I need in a timely manner

Sumac for NonProfits

Dec 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I highly recommend it for other non-profits.

Pros: I have found Sumac to be the answer I was looking for to manage both clients and donors. After initial set up it was easy for my team to use and update information. The training videos are very helpful and available at any time.

Cons: Sometimes the glitches when updates happen, but IT support walked us through how to handle it and once we saved the process it was not an issue.

This has seamlessly streamlined so many of our processes

May 11, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The support we get when we have issues is wonderful. The support team is very quick to reply to requests.

Cons: I'm not sure, maybe that I can't generate reports from our custom data points. We track a number of things about clients and we have no way to retrieve that.

Overall: We've totally changed the way we keep client files, plus we've imported a few years' worth of donation records and we can see history and run reports in a way we weren't able to before.

Sumac has been very useful with my everyday tasks for our adult literacy program.

May 17, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like that I'm able to keep track of all my students activities in one place. I'm able to track and log any and all communications, their records, any book distributions, book inventory, and so much more.

Cons: I do have some trouble with reports, where one area of Sumac doesn't speak to the other. I also don't like that I can't delete/dropping a student from one area without deleting their whole history.

We purchased Sumac to bring together numerous spreadsheets and software that we used to track data.

May 08, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: So easy to customize! I am not computer savvy and I was easily able to customize fields for a variety of programs and services we offer.

Cons: I find I need help building specific searches but thankfully tech support is always there to help me out.

Excellent and good value for money

May 11, 2018
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Flexible and good value. It provides just the right structure yet flexible enough to customize for emerging needs.

Cons: Could use more ease of use features. WOuld love to have documents stored on individuals so that all users can access.

Customized Database

Nov 22, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: With hundreds of attendance records from various partners being submitted each year, Sumac allows us to store, sort, and report on all of this information with ease. Allowing this level of customization ensures that tracking of participation across the collaborative meets our exact needs, and lets us retrieve important data easily and accessibly.

PRO:

Customization: our non-profit is a collective of 8 partner organizations that each offer their own programming, but unite under one common collaborative. In this, we require our database to operate as 8 separate databases, with the ability for data to be tracked across all partners and programming. Sumac was able to construct a database for us that met this need, with fields customized to manage youth participants in exactly the way we need it. As our collaborative grows, Sumac has enabled our database to evolve with it, always finding creative solutions to meet our changing needs.

CON:

With such a complicated structure for our database, unfortunately it can be tricky to upload our data in the correct format. Files have to be meticulously formatted within a certain file type, and the set of steps from data gathering to completion is sometimes frustrating and unforgiving of minor errors. Again, this need for rigorous process is because of our operating such a complicated and layered database.

Good value for the price for not for profit organizations. It does everything that we need it to do.

Sep 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Excellent features and value for the price, especially for not for profit organizations who do not have a lot of funds but really need and can benefit from this software. Excellent customer support, not a long wait either.

Cons: Sorting and queries are complicated and not as automated or easy as I would like and there are some limitations.

Serena Richardson

May 25, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: User friendly interface and the customization feature "grow your own". Support staff are helpful and I love that training videos are provided as well.

Cons: I would love to see the development of connecting related emails directly to the database contact records so that the added steps of using the "communication" function were not needed.

Sumac has made donor data management simple!

Sep 12, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Technical support have been wonderful! The Sumac team actually customized a search option to cater to our organization alone.

Cons: Add-ons can be pricey for smaller organizations, however they are worth it if it's in your budget.

Overall: Prior to installing Sumac, our receipting system was disorganized and inefficient, which cost us time and led to some donors being unhappy with their experience. By harmonizing our receipting and donating process through the Sumac software, this aspect of our daily operations has become one of the simplest tasks of running our organization.

The installing process was a breeze, and the software runs smoothly on all of our Windows based computers. The program can seem overwhelming at first glance, but is actually very user friendly once you start exploring it. The search engine is particularly helpful, it allows you to locate donors and contacts very easily, which helps when searching a large database! We are also very happy with the technical support we have received from Sumac, any time we have had a question or concern they have bee there to help.

All in all, we would highly recommend Sumac to other charitable organizations for all of their donor database needs!

Recommendations to other buyers: Would recommend to any non-profit organization.

Sistema Toronto Loves Sumac!

Nov 06, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Sumac is a great resource for Sistema Toronto. We use it to track donations, issue receipts, and keep records of communication with our community of donors. We appreciate how easy Sumac is to use and how helpful the customer support team is when we¿re in need of assistance. We¿re a small shop with a tight budget, so Sumac is a great fit for us.

Pros: Sumac is easy to use, their customer support team is accessible , and the software is affordable for our small shop.

Cons: We struggled to get used to the search function at first, though we're used to it now. I wish I could do a bulk upload of communication records, too.

The software takes some time to learn in order for it to be most effective

May 11, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: SUMAC is a great value. I've used several other CRM products over the years and I believe its the best product for the price on the market. The customer service is top-notch. Their reps are effective, cordial, and timely in solving any issues.

Cons: Reporting seems difficult. When I've needed certain reports, I've had to call in the tech team to walk me through the process. More reporting templates that all non profits need would be helpful.

Overall: Tracking donors, their gifts, and receipting.

Sumac is not easy to use. There are to many steps to create thank yous.

Jan 16, 2018
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: I couls not reccomend this software.

Pros: The new reports are fine. The data entry is easy. I like that it is in the cloud. The telephone support is very helpful.

Cons: You can not export to excel. You cannot delete mistakes. You are not able to make custom reports, with name, address and donation amount.

Very happy with the end product!

Jan 06, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We are a group of non-profit volunteer organizations based out of Quebec who were looking for a robust software to manage over 20 independent organizations.(others potentially to follow) Sumac Platinum stepped up to the plate and found a solution that works for us and leaves our previous inadequate system as a distant memory. Sumac listened intently to our needs and has developed a bilingual solution with the ability to track our statistical data and the option to manage all of our programs, services, events and more. Problem issues were identified and resolved during development and solutions found to satisfy our requirements and stay within the software constraints. The scope of this project resulted in a longer development stage than anticipated but as our project was not an out of the box solutions this was understandable.

For the most part, customer support surpassed my expectations as interpretation of conversations are often problematic. They were able to transition from laymen conversation to their own internal speak and back again for relatively smooth communications.

Tracking of problem issues and designation of responsibilities for specific issues was not always clear. I would suggest a ticketing system to resolve this for the future.

Using SUMAC to record donations to our church has freed up time to focus on other tasks.

May 08, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: SUMAC is easy to use. Recording gifts and preparing tax receipts is simple. The reports are a great way to double-check donations each month.

Cons: I cannot think of anything I don't like about SUMAC. it is so much better than what I used previously.

Overall: Increased time to do other things, great reports, easy tax receipt preparation, simple updates to donors' information, tracking pledges, and ability to move someone from active to inactive and back again so I don't have to input their info again.

Took our Segmentation to a whole new level

Aug 23, 2016
5/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Sumac is powerful and customizable. With a little prep work, we were able to take limited information from our (separate) box office and turn it into a strong patron database that we can slice into innumerable segments for precise messaging and campaigns. I was also quite pleased to see feedback I'd made to Sumac turned into a real product feature.

Cons: The interface is a little cumbersome, but not unusually so for a software in this category.

Recommendations to other buyers: Take Sumac up on their offer to show you some of the features. Get on the phone, share your organizations problems and see if they can come up with a solution. I'm impressed with the personal touch they consistently bring to the table.

We had a very difficult time getting Sumac up and running from both a user and admin perspective.

Nov 30, 2017
3/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The customer service was great; Brandon was very patient and kind with me and provided great support throughout the process.

Cons: The instruction manual was not helpful whatsoever and actually quite burdensome. I was given documents to help us begin our work, but they were scripts, not instruction manuals. Because of this, I had to literally work through a script word for word (even had to search for specific words), as opposed to simply an instruction sheet with headlines of simple things like "How to create reviewers... 1... 2... etc".

Further, the scripts informed me that I could watch video tutorials, but there was no video tutorial for Awarding Grants so I spent time searching through the videos and watching the wrong videos in the hopes that I could find this specific video. Only after I emailed cust support,I discover that the video was not yet available.

This was not only not helpful, but it set me back significantly. Instead of having an option to simply read step by step instructions, I had to continuously re-read and scan these scripts or email him for specific instructions.

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Okay.

May 08, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Fairly easy to customise, fairly intuitive, once gets into it. Search Builder is nice, once understood.

Cons: Cluttered. For example, Having all gifts in the same group as any other notes and points of donor contact is rather frustrating due to the cluttered nature. Likewise the Contacts page- much prefer single Search field, then a full list which is searched. And I have no idea if there's an easy way to see direct mail statistics (i.e., % of responses, average raised based on responses, etc.). That's a feature I've become very accustomed to and am missing greatly.

Not a bad donor database; but honestly? It's not DonorPerfect.

Overall: Nothing special.

Customizable, easy to set up, affordable

Dec 12, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: There's a wide variety of add-ons you can choose and our custom module works great. The website integration is seamless and saves us a lot of time. The pricing is reasonable and customer service is great.

Cons: The web forms (for website integration) are not as customizable as I thought they would be; you can't change certain fields or add much intro text. Full usability requires intermediate HTML skills, which is currently an issue for us so we're still using an email app as well.

SUMAC has been a great tool in assisting us on managing our client information and donations.

May 08, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: It is very user friendly and customizable. It is easy to add additional users and input information. Additionally, it is very cost effective for small not for profit.

Cons: The data merging process can be a bit complex depending on what function you are trying to perform. The feature could needs to be simplified.

Sumac is a difficult program to navigate and the cost of a basic platform is extremely high.

May 14, 2018
3/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It has the ability to generate Charity Receipts

It is usable as a stand-alone customer relations program

Cons: Generating Charity Receipts is not an easy task - coding is always an issue

The software cost is not designed for smaller charitable organizations

Terminology for reporting is not consistent with the accounting/bookkeeping profession

It's a great tool for our organisation!

May 15, 2018
4/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Entering and managing all the contacts in the database. Being able to connect contacts and have all the history of each contact is very useful.

Cons: Lack of editing features for e-mail campaigns. The whole program lacks user friendlyness. It is hard to find easy ways of personalizing the database.

I find SUMAC easy to use and the customer service great.

May 24, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The system was easy to setup - very user friendly. Easy to change as requirements change. The custom support is very friendly and helpful. Training is a huge bonus.

Cons: Reports. I would like to create and save custom reports. The built in reports do not allow different optionss

Overall: User Friendly

overall I am pleased with Sumac

May 08, 2018
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: it's pretty user friendly and it's easy to get used to even if you don't have database experience from prior use

Cons: sometimes the filters take awhile to load and it also takes awhile to log on but other than that no problem

Overall: it's a good way to track donors and volunteers and the exported reports are pretty good

love it!

May 11, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: it is so intuitive, friendly and usable. I have no complaints about the software.

Cons: There is nothing about Sumac that I don't like. We have referred you to three other agencies and they now use it. We need a finder's fee!

Cost-effective, easy-to-use, flexible and improves Crow's organizational capacity.

Oct 24, 2011
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: I can attest that improved efficiency in our data management and communications in the last five years is directly associated to Sumac. Most notably, it has assisted our strategies to more fully integrate audience development and private sector fundraising campaigns. When I recommend Sumac to colleagues at other not-for-profit organizations, the first thing I endorse is their terrific customer service which seems in tune and crafted perfectly for organizations with limited overhead and resources. Sumac support staff are responsive, approachable, knowledgeable, caring and willing to adjust programs so that they work for our organization, rather than our organization working around their system.

Cons: Nothing specific.

Overall: Sumac fits our needs: it¿¿¿s cost-effective, easy-to-use, flexible and improves Crow's Theatre's organizational capacity.

We love Sumac!

Nov 07, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: After doing extensive research on several software solutions, we chose to go with Sumac because it allowed us to keep track of our clients, donors and volunteers all in the same database. We are easily able to track our clients¿ participation in all of the groups and services that we provide to those who are ill or bereaved in our community. We are able to collect the statistics that we need to report back to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and our Local Health Integration Network. We are able to provide a comprehensive history of our volunteers¿ involvement with our organization including the matching of volunteers with clients. The fundraising and donor management aspect of the database is second to none. We are able to generate our tax receipts from the system and the many built-in reports and fundraising tools has allowed us to analyze data and view donor history to develop a case for support which will help us to continue to grow and support more people who are in need of our services. Thank you to Peter and the team at Sumac!

Sumac - a great tool for non-profits!

Feb 27, 2014
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: As a non-for-profit artist-run centre, we use Sumac primarily for ticket sales, memberships and donations. It's an extremely powerful tool for data management, and has been essential to tracking our membership, customers and donors.

As a new user, I found that while the software wasn't always immediately easy to use, I found their customer service to be incredible, and always very friendly. Not only do they have great orientation videos, they have excellent customer service on the phone (very patient, friendly, and efficient). Since we had a changeover in our staff, they were able to give us a online training session to answer all our questions about functionality, and they gave us some great tips.

While we continue to refine how we use Sumac to best suit our organization, I feel more and more confident the more I use it. To have memberships, donations, and general communications all streamlined in one program makes life a lot easier, which makes a big difference in smaller organizations like ours.

Sumac - a great tool for non-profits!

Feb 27, 2014
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: As a non-for-profit artist-run centre, we use Sumac primarily for ticket sales, memberships and donations. It's an extremely powerful tool for data management, and has been essential to tracking our membership, customers and donors.

As a new user, I found that while the software wasn't always immediately easy to use, I found their customer service to be incredible, and always very friendly. Not only do they have great orientation videos, they have excellent customer service on the phone (very patient, friendly, and efficient). Since we had a changeover in our staff, they were able to give us a online training session to answer all our questions about functionality, and they gave us some great tips.

While we continue to refine how we use Sumac to best suit our organization, I feel more and more confident the more I use it. To have memberships, donations, and general communications all streamlined in one program makes life a lot easier, which makes a big difference in smaller organizations like ours.

Great customer service and software that is very cost effective.

Nov 22, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Sumac offers great software that is cost-effective for a smaller non-profit. Their customer support is always helpful and quickly and patiently answer all of our questions. While we don't use all aspects of Sumac's software, there are many components that we would like to incorporate into our practice.

Cons:

Up until now, we have only had a Silver membership which would have Sumac installed for one user on one computer. We are looking forward to upgrading which will allow us to use Sumac, when a colleague is using the computer where it was installed.

An OK Program

Feb 06, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: It did seem to have a lot of options. I found that the short period that I did look at Sumac (we purchased it, but in the end did not use it because some of the other issues outweighed continuing the use of it). It had decent records, and I liked that you could enter a lot custom ifnormation

Cons: The biggest thing I did not like was in order generate the tax receipts was you needed to use Mail Merge. In fact, that was the one reason we did not use the program long term. It was too time-consuming.

Awesome program!

May 14, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's so easy to use and we can customize it and add modules for our own purposes. Really intuitive and it doesn't take long to get comfortable with it.

Cons: We don't use some of the features often enough, so sometimes we have to relearn things - like doing a campaign.

Overall: We went from using a variety of Excel sheets to keep track of donors and workshop alumni. It was a bit cumbersome. When we moved to Sumac, it became really easy to enter people, add them to an organization and then track donations, workshop attendance, etc. It's also pretty easy to pull up all of the information that we need and access it quickly.

Sumac is Customizable, but Cumbersome

Jan 16, 2018
3/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's a good product overall. You can customize it to do what you need it to do. It takes awhile to get set up and going, but once everyone in your organization has been trained you should be clear sailing.

Cons: PCI Compliance isn't included which means each nonprofit is responsible for keeping up with PCI Compliance. This has been a nightmare for one organization I work with.

Huge time saver

Nov 08, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: HPCO had been using a third party to manage our direct mail campaign and tax receipting. Switching to Sumac has significantly reduced our preparation time for direct mail and reduced the time between receipt of a donation and the mailing of the thank you letter with tax receipt. We also use Sumac to manage membership renewals, communications to members, and manage all of our other contacts. Sumac is very user friendly and intuitive. Sumac is also easy to maintain and does not require database management training or technical support staff. The data conversion process from our old system to Sumac was smooth. The Sumac team was highly responsive to our needs and very adept in converting our data quickly. HPCO selected Sumac as a solutions partner and endorsed Sumac to our membership because we feel it is the best product to meet the range of needs of our diverse membership.

We are just starting to use the software and so some of the features have not yet been implemented.

May 11, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: i like how easy it is to use the search features. With the ability to refine details for searching you can really narrow a search and get the information you require without having to look trhough long lists.

Cons: There are multiple information windows for every contact and it can very time consuming ensuring all information is up to date and accurate.

Overall: We are still very new using the software so most of the potential benefits haven't been realized yet.

We have been setting up our membership list on Sumac. The system is quite user friendly.

May 17, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Sumac provides very helpful support. They are only a phone call away and sometimes you are able to speak with someone immediately.

Cons: Nothing - I need to get used to the system. As with any new to you system it takes a little time to get used to it and the more you use it the easier it becomes.

Best I've Ever Used

Jun 17, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I can't say enough good things about it. If you are used to working w/spreadsheets this is the best and most intuitive product I've used or seen. Have worked w/Raisors Edge, FIMS, and Giftworks. All of them fall far short in design, flexibility, and the ability to customize it and extract the information you want out plus it is less expensive. Have been working with SUMAC for six years in two different companies and converted a third to it. Customer service is still good, although not as good as it used to be. However, the tutorial videos are very easy to access, use and follow; so most of the time (if it's after-hours or if you are impatient like me) you can figure the question out yourself. Bottom line I think you are doing yourself and your organization a disservice if you don't check it out.

The best solution for a startup nonprofit!

Apr 15, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I learned about Sumac through my graduate course work. To my knowledge, it is the only CRM that offers a free version with everything a startup nonprofit needs. I have been able to easily manage my contacts and donations with the database. The mail merge feature and group emailing capabilities are a huge time saver. I look forward to Ballet Vero Beach growing with Sumac and expanding our capabilities as our needs change.

As an aside, I recently had a problem with my database when an update was installed on the Sumac software. I called customer service and actually spoke with Peter Turk (one of the developers of the software!), Peter spent nearly five hours working with me to make sure my database (of only 40 contacts) was intact and functioning. Where else can you get customer service like that on a free service?

Cost-effective, easy-to-use, flexible

Nov 08, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I can attest that improved efficiency in our data management and communications in the last five years is directly associated to Sumac. Most notably, it has assisted our strategies to more fully integrate audience development and private sector undraising campaigns.

When I recommend Sumac to colleagues at other not-for-profit organizations, the first thing I endorse is their terrific customer service which seems in tune and crafted perfectly for organizations with limited overhead and resources.

Peter Turk and his associates are responsive, approachable, knowledgeable, caring and willing to adjust programs so that they work for our organization, rather than our organization working around their system. Sumac fits our needs: it¿s cost-effective, easy-to-use, flexible and improves Nightwood¿s organizational capacity.

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It has helped modernize our donation and course procedures.

May 08, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The software is easy to use. I personally did not do any training with it, but I am able to go in and access data whenever I need.

Cons: With any software, there are limits to the customization. Sumac has been great in providing some customization, but we are a very unique organization and sometimes it is difficult to fit what we need into a software.

Overall: Improved data tracking and reporting. Time savings.

Great product, easily best bang for buck out there.

Jun 17, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I've been using Sumac for 3 years now. The customer service is amazing and the team is extremely responsive to customer requests both for help and new features. The system is reasonably intuitive and robust. The only thing that keeps me from giving it 5 stars across the board is it is still occasionally awkward to pull donor lists for mailings that don't have both individual members of a household as well as the household itself.

I have recommended Sumac to several other administrators in the not for profit industry. You cannot beat it for bang for buck. Having compared it to larger systems (like RE), I would gladly stick with Sumac for usability, robustness and customer service.

Very user-friendly!

Nov 07, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Prior to using SUMAC we had dozens of very `un¿ user-friendly Excel documents storing 9 years worth of patron information. As Artistic Producer, I was the only one with enough institutional memory to be able to use these documents, which meant hours of my time sorting to generate useable reports and mailing lists. Since starting SUMAC, accessing and using data has become a staff-wide activity ¿ we are all able to access our database and use it on our daily work whether that¿s identifying donors, quickly finding information on groups and schools who have attended our shows, or managing our email and snail mail lists. It¿s really helped to move our management of data to the next level.

We love Sumac!!

Nov 07, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Switching to Sumac has been one of the best decisions we have made as an organization. It has allowed us to gain better control of our information and do a much better job of connecting with our donors and volunteers. We love how easy it is to use and how quickly new staff members and administrative volunteers are able to learn to use Sumac effectively. This means a huge savings in the time and money related to training compared to other donor databases we have used. We loved Sumac when we started using and it just keeps getting better with every release. We can¿t say enough about how much we appreciate the responsiveness of the Sumac development team.

Fast & efficient!

Nov 07, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: This year we upgraded to Sumac from eTapestry. We are amazed at how fast and efficient Sumac is compared to a database that resides online. Our daily processing of communications and incoming donations has dramatically shifted from a full-time endeavor to a quick, easy and straightforward task. Furthermore, we love the simple design of Sumac and its visual functionality when managing queries and lists. Before Sumac, the majority of the staff stayed far away from our database because of its over-complicated interface. Sumac has proved to be extremely accessible to everyone working at Sky Works. We are all happy to be riding on the Sumac train!

Great customer service and an incredible product!!

Nov 07, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We switched to Sumac from a tailor-made FileMaker Pro database system and couldn¿t be more satisfied. Sumac integrates all areas of our operations, which is something no other database software has been able to do for us. It has streamlined our processes and increased our productivity, making it possible for us to reach new levels in our programming, fundraising and marketing initiatives. The Sumac team are continually adding increased functionality to the program. They respond immediately to questions, often anticipating our needs and going a step or two further to develop new solutions to increase our efficiency, without even being asked.

Still waiting for the honeymoon to end

Jun 23, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We are close to a year in now using Sumac and still we love it! Having been through other excruciating data migrations, I have been thrilled with how effective and responsive the team at Sumac has been. While we've certainly hit [to be expected] bumps, each time Sumac has quickly found a good solution for us. Even more than that, they seem to truly welcome our input re enhancements!

As we continue to delve into doing even more in Sumac we're extremely pleased with how thoughtfully the application has been designed and how user friendly it is.

I would not hesitate for a minute to recommend this product!

Scalable, affordable, and easy to use.

Nov 21, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Seattle Pro Musica spent several years working with a huge database system - a behemoth that required intense training and still wouldn't pull the reports we needed! We were actively searching for other options when a fortuitous presentation from a representative of United Way introduced us to Sumac. From the beginning, Sumac impressed us with its scalability, affordability, and ease of use. With Sumac, our staff and board members are able to access our data in a clean and clear format - which has helped us to make major improvements in constituent relationship management. We're thrilled that we joined the Sumac community.

Really user-freindly!

Nov 07, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: There aren¿t enough positive things I can say about Sumac. It has given us a better handle on every aspect of our organization ¿ communications, donations, memberships, and contacts are all far better organized than they ever were with Raiser¿s Edge, which we were using before. With Sumac, data is easier to input, retrieve, and organize. The entire system is remarkably user-friendly. I felt confident using it after only a few days. Of course, that has to do with their customer support, too ¿ if every company provided service as good as Sumac¿s, the working world would be a happier and more efficient place.

I love Sumac!

Nov 08, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I love Sumac. It has allowed me to track all of our donor's information super easily. I purchased it originally so that I could issue tax receipts to our donors, but have found it useful to track giving based on correspondence and fundraising events. We started small, but as we grow so does our need to gather information. Sumac is also great because I can manage my contact list for mailings through it. Any questions I have are answered quickly through tech support (either via e-mail or on the phone). Sumac also provides updates regularly, so that means they're paying attention to their customers' input.

A good tool, with great support behind it.

Aug 24, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The manual, training and live support have allowed me to learn how to use this tool quickly. We have been SUMAC clients for one year. SUMAC support staff are readily accessed and very responsive. The database is working well for us, with options that allow us to customize. We have not come close to tapping the potential of the database, but I can see where we could optimize. We have been very happy so far, and I can see that SUMAC has even more to offer us. No complaints! Sometimes our needs are so unique that they have not been anticipated by the current version.

a company that listens to it's customers suggestions

Aug 16, 2016
4/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4.5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
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Pros: great customer service and they listen to suggestions from their customers on how they can improve their product(s) to make them more intuitive and user-friendly.

Cons: we've only been using Sumac for a short amount of time so we are still learning all the ins and outs. at this time I don't have negative feedback

Recommendations to other buyers: if you are a smaller organization this seems to be a great CRM software solution. you have the ability to add-on features that you need and not get bogged down with features that make your life more cumbersome. having the ability to customize reports, information/data that you'd like to collect combined with great customer service has been a win for our organization.

Highly recommended

Nov 08, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We¿re big fans of Sumac at Cahoots. First, the interface is highly intuitive which is important for a company like ours where we have a lot of volunteers and new faces coming in to update our data. Second, the product does everything we need from communications to donation tracking. Finally, the quality of customer support is superior to any other product I¿ve seen. Any questions we¿ve had have been addressed in a prompt, professional, and courteous manner. I have recommended this product to many colleagues and will continue to do so in the future.

Would highly recommend!

Nov 07, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I am really happy with Sumac and feel we made the perfect decision on software. I was very impressed with how easy the transition between systems was and how well you responded to our questions and feedback about the software. Most people talk the talk, but when it comes to doing it they just ignore it. You listened and responded in an efficient and useful way. I would recommend Sumac to charities large and small who want an easy transition and a user friendly database that will meet all of your fundraising needs.

Customer focused company!

Mar 08, 2016
5/5
Overall

Comments: Sumac has been a fantastic productivity enhancer that results in us getting more done with less time invested. We are always looking for ways to be more donor centric and this is another great multiplier of those effects. I also have the highest respect for customer focused companies who take the time to actually listen, but when they act on suggestions words can't describe my appreciation. The Sumac team has earned our respect and business for a job beyond well done.

Huge time saver!

Nov 07, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Setting up Sumac has been extremely beneficial to our team and our work. We have integrated the software into all our business processes resulting in significant gains in time and efficiency. Making the change to Sumac enabled us to publish The Theatre Listing on our website instead of on paper while reducing the effort to prepare it by 70%. Our Members are already reaping the benefits. Sumac is easy to use, and possibilities for future developments and support for new projects are numerous.

Sumac goes the extra mile!

Jan 21, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: The switch from a manually managed membership list to an integrated data base has been smooth thanks to the excellent support from Sumac support and other staff. As a new user, they have helped us through the data loading process, and have provided several tutorials for our officers, always willing to go the extra mile to guide us through the learning process. To date, Sumac has met all our data requirements, and we look forward to our continuing relationship. Thanks Sumac!"

Fabulous for Donor Management!!

Nov 07, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Sumac has been invaluable in helping us accurately track our members and friends! Using the easy reports created by Sumac, we saw a new picture of our donors. We quickly realized that a few of our supporters had continually given small donations ¿ which added up to quite a lot! We hadn¿t had a clear picture of how generous they had actually been until it was laid out simply in Sumac. We¿ve now done a much better job of tracking, and properly thanking, all our donors.

With Sumac, we got the perfect solution!

Nov 07, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: TFW is committed to serving our supporters well, at the same time as maintaining low administration costs. With Sumac, we got the perfect solution ¿ excellent customer service and an easy-to-use product at an affordable price. Within moments of installation, Sumac was helping us manage donor communications and preferences with greater efficiency and effectiveness. We now rely on Sumac every day to reach our high standards and those of our supporters.

Perfect for memberships, donations, events, campaigns, reporting and more.

Nov 11, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Switching over to Sumac from Income Manager has made things much more productive at the Mississauga Arts Council. It easily manages our membership, donations, events, campaigns, reporting and more. Transition between systems was faster and easier than I could have imagined. Our administration processes have been streamlined in a way that was never possible before. We finally have control over our data and a real picture of everything we do!

Support is Great!

Aug 23, 2012
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Support is excellent! Sumac was very responsive to questions and also very responsive to suggestions. I am used to waiting months for changes to be made and with Sumac we see releases quite often that incorporate requested improvements.

Cons: I can't think of any.

Overall: This software is great value for your money. It has great features and is more reasonably priced than other packages.

Enormous time saver

Nov 08, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We are very excited about the possibilities of this amazing program. Sumac is an enormous time and effort saver for promoting shows and has the potential to seriously increase our level of earned and private sector revenues. Peter Turk is a delight to work with and is passionate about assisting companies to achieve their goals with Sumac. He was extremely patient and pleasant during the training process, which made it fun and easy.

Love it!!!

Nov 07, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Sumac has proven to be a most useful tool for the Society. We are now able to effectively manage a growing database of membership and professional contacts, as well as donors. Prior to installing Sumac, regular contact with our membership was a challenge ¿ now we are able to send correspondence on a regular basis and with ease. We appreciate the prompt and courteous support that Sumac continues to provide.

Thumbs up for SUMAC!!

Jul 12, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: SUMAC wins the prize for the tech company that consistently provides patient, helpful and good advice. We recently had a problem with sending bulk email and Sumac was the only one of the four providers that we dealt that took the time to listen to us and to help us solve the problem. Not only that, our Sumac advisors actually called us and emailed us to ensure that the problem was solved. WE LOVE SUMAC!!

Great product, great support!

Nov 07, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I was very impressed with Sumac¿s turn-around time on our data conversion. Within a week we had a decade¿s worth of spreadsheets at our fingertips in a central location. Sumac and its staff have been really supportive and so responsive to our specific needs and even our suggestions for improving the software. I can¿t imagine having such a hands-on relationship with any other company. ¿

Great product!!

Nov 07, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: My staff loves Sumac because it¿s easy to learn and use. I like the fact that we can add Options as our needs and our budget dictate. When it comes to technical support, we have found that the Sumac team is very approachable, easy to work with, and really understand our needs. We can also customize the system to our exact situation, and this is proving to be very helpful.

Huge time saver!

Nov 07, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Sumac converted all our historical data records, from several sources. In less than a week we were up and running, sending and tracking newsletters to our newly consolidated list of constituents. Sumac has made our communication and fundraising efforts more effective and much more efficient. In fact I think it paid for itself in the first week.

Really easy to use, and powerful!

Nov 07, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Before Sumac, we used a custom database built using Microsoft Access. It made it difficult to organize our donors and pledges. Analyzing information for development purposes was almost impossible. When we switched to Sumac, our staff was excited with its ease of use and power. Things that used to take a few days now take an hour or two.

Highly recommended

Nov 11, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Sumac software is logical, easy to navigate and efficient. The program greatly facilitates managing our member database, communications, donations and comparative reports. Peter Turk and his associates are responsive, eager to help and always searching for input to upgrade their product. We are very glad to be using the program!

Perfect for fundraising!

Nov 07, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I really like the prospect weighting function in Sumac. It seems to have been designed with all the key variables that fundraisers look for in mind. I can use Sumac to assign specific values to such things as capability, commitment and contact history ¿ the three C¿s we all use when setting priorities.

Sumac -- great non-profit software

Jun 07, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
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Pros: Flexible. Can purchase without being forced to pay a monthly fee. Much better than Fund-Raiser Basic, which is what I have happily switched from. Incredible depth of documentation -- practically unheard of.

Cons: There's really very little to not like about this product, but I have to write 100 characters to satisfy the review system.

The best donor database out there!

Nov 07, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: As a national organization with a staff of five, the Writers¿ Trust relies on Sumac to manage diverse contact groups and maintain quality communication with its donors. The database streamlines daily tasks while establishing institutional memory that will ensure future stability and growth.

Three cheers for Sumac!

Nov 07, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Thanks to Sumac, we are finally getting some control over our database. The program is easy to use and incredibly helpful in organizing contacts, communications and fundraising initiatives. The staff at Sumac are wonderfully patient and supportive. Three cheers for Sumac!

New Release contains changes requested!

Mar 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: It is so refreshing to have a company that listens to the requests submitted by users of their product, and implements changes to their product because of those requests. Thank you Sumac!

Great investment!!

Nov 07, 2013
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Sumac has increased our office productivity, we are more responsive to clients needs and adept at managing communications ¿ it is like having a whole new person on staff!

Great product, very user-friendly!

Sep 20, 2010
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Ease of use

Cons: It cant read my mind!

Overall: Sumac absolutely meets my organisations needs and compared to other software, like Raisers Edge, Sumac is much more user friendly with no compromise to its performance.